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Side Effects May Vary [Format Kindle]

Julie Murphy

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“Honest and unflinching, this is a compelling story of one teen’s struggle with cancer, love, and living. A worthwhile addition.” (School Library Journal)

“Readers will turn the last page wanting to know where the next chapter leads.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Alice and Harvey’s relationship is raw, honest, moving, and unapologetic in its depiction of their individual, and collective, pain.” (Booklist)

“Julie Murphy weaves together a tender and funny tale of love, friendship, heartache, and redemption. SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY explodes with brutal honesty, brilliant wit, and unflinching heart.” (John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for WHERE THINGS COME BACK)

“Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a funny, heartfelt, honest look at the beauty and the risk of getting a second chance. An inspiring novel about all the things worth living for. I adored this debut!” (Siobhan Vivian, author of The List)

“A funny and touching novel about a strong-willed heroine who finds facing death simple, but facing life heart-wrenchingly complicated. A real original.” (Jennifer Echols, author of GOING TOO FAR)

“A tale of unlikely romance, impossible obstacles, and mortality, this book is a must-read.” (Teen Vogue)

“It’s equal parts fun, cringe-worthy, and totally fearless!” (Seventeen Magazine)

“An unexpected twist on the typical cancer story.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

Présentation de l'éditeur

For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel about a girl with cancer who creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list that sets off a war at school—only to discover she's gone into remission.

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend, Harvey, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge as it is about hope. But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she's said and done. Contemporary realistic-fiction readers who love romantic stories featuring strong heroines will find much to savor in this standout debut.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 341 pages
  • Editeur : Balzer + Bray; Édition : Reprint (18 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DB39UAE
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The main character is perfectly flawed 18 mars 2014
Par A Reading Nurse - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This has been one of those books that I have read mixed reviews about. There has been so much talk about Alice's character that I was worried about how I would feel about her. But after reading this book, I could see why everyone had the opinion they had of her, but in my opinion Alice was just perfectly flawed.

I knew that this book was going to bring out some major emotions, and I had prepared myself for that. I like a good book that makes me cry. Having a good cry every now and then is very therapeutic and after having the long intense month of preparing for my nursing boards a good cry is exactly what I needed. And this an amazing 1st chapter, that frankly has you crying by the end of the first few pages.

It is difficult enough to be a teenage girl in today's society. Frankly I don't know if I would even survive high school these days. But being a teenage girl who is fighting Leukemia, that is probably the hardest thing I can imagine. This book is told in 2 perspectives, Alice's and Harvey's. It had also is told in two time tables what I like to call Pre-Remission and Post- Remission.

After months of intense chemotherapy sessions and watching her body deteriorating, Alice has accepted the fact that she is going to die. But being a teenage girl, who feels that she has been wronged by every aspect of her life, she wants to achieve a type of retribution and make those that have wronged her suffer before her passing. Yes, some of the things that she does is absolutely horrendous and even sickening. But what most reviewers did not understand was that Alice's actions were actually following a normal pattern of dealing with grief, which every person goes through and some get stuck in one phase longer than others.

While Alice is dealing with and frankly losing her fight with Leukemia, she finds herself getting closer to with Harvey, a family friend who has been in love with her sine they were young. High school had drifted them apart and yes, Alice herself may have been also a reason to why they were no longer friends, but when she needed a support system Harvey was the first person she turned to. When she is living what might seem like her last days, Alice allows herself to open up and express how she truly feels for Harvey. This is a scary thing for anyone to do. Adult, teenager, sick or dying. But Alice feels like she is at the end of her life and has nothing left to lose so she opens up to Harvey.

But the next day, Alice receives the 4 words any person bravely fighting cancer wants to hear: You are in Remission. But Alice was not planning on beating her cancer, she had accepted her fate and was not planning for her future, because she didn't have one. At this point there was 1 line that absolutely blew me away. I had to read it several times, and I even shared this line with some of my friends outside the blogging community. And frankly I feel that this line sums up this entire story perfectly.

"I knew how to die.
It was the living that scares me."

Now that Alice has a future to plan and to live, she is even more scared and makes some crazier decisions than she did Pre-Remission. But there is hope at the end of this tunnel. And towards the end of book Alice learns to accept the beautiful bright future in front of her and trys to right all of her wrongs. And the end was just heart-warming and touching and makes up for some of the harder scenes of this book. All in all this book was perfection. And I highly recommend it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club Review: Amazing. An explosion of feelings. 18 mars 2014
Par The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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If you ever thought, just by reading the synopsis of this book, that this book could 'cause you an overdose of feelings, then you're absolutely right.

Julie Murphy's debut novel is absolutely brilliant. To make readers feel everything the character is feeling and to make you live, you have to be an amazing writer. And she definitely is. Because she not only wrote a dramatic novel where the main character has a serious disease that's making her die and then she's cured, she also has to endure with everything she did when she thought she was dying and also to see the reaction from Julie's character when they told her she's going to life. That she has another chance. So this isn't only about dramatic cliffhangers throughout the whole book, it's also about revenge, about life and about love, too.

The story is about Alice, a girl who is diagnosed with leukemia. Alice's just waiting for her "life-clock" to stop ticking when the good news come knocking on her door: she goes into remission. Alice should be happy about that, but if you were dying and some people might have make your life miserable, wouldn't you want some revenge before going into the afterlife? Well, that's exactly what she does. However, her afterlife might have to wait and now Alice has to answer for everything she's done this past year.
With a marvelous bucket list full of revenge steps and her best friend who's in love with her, Alice has to face her new reality after having her life back.

What I loved about this story is not obviously the important amount of drama that makes you kind of unstable during the whole story, but that you could see the story from Alice point of view and Harvey's.

Harvey is one of those characters you instantly love. He's one of those good and lovable boys that girls should always fell for. To give you a visual, to me it was kind of the perfect boy next door. You can see from the very first page that he has like a HUGE crush on Alice and it's kind of cute. However, I felt really bad to see how she treated him. And I was cheering the very moment he stood up for himself.
You can see all the changes in their relationship in the story: before the disease, during the disease and after. And that's one of the reasons this story is also about love.

Alice might not be your favorite character (mine it wasn't). I didn't like how she treated Harvey and wouldn't want to be her friend. But this only makes the story more believable. Not every single person is perfect in life and everyone has done something in life that he or she regrets. Alice is a teen with a lot of teen-feelings (yep, those amazing teen feelings) who has a short time before she passes away, so she decides to live her last days in a vengeful way.

To sum up this review, I would say that Julie Murphy's debut novel, Side Effects May Vary, is one of those books you have to read. I can assure you that the book would captivate you from the very first page and that you would be so fascinated and immerse in Alice's life and decisions that you won't put down the book until you have read all the story. Full of emotion and feelings, this story would rock your world and that's why I am giving to Side Effects May Vary five gorjuss dolls.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Maybe my younger self would've liked it better 27 juillet 2014
Par Andy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
The Alice was uninteresting due to the fact that she was just filled with snark and not much else. Harvey's creepily entitled to his chance with Alice. There's this unnecessary animosity between Alice and her childhood friend. I just wasn't drawn to the characters in this book. I love the premise of the story, but it was poorly executed, I think.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Couldn't move past my dislike of the horribly selfish and mean main character ... 20 décembre 2014
Par Melissa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Some people have compared this book to The Fault in Our Stars, and they're right ... if by the same you mean that there is a girl who has cancer and some romance thrown in for good measure. But that is as far as the similarities go, in my opinion. This book lacks the humor and the heart of John Green's popular book. Unfortunately, the success of this story hinges on how you feel about Alice, the main character of this novel. And unfortunately for me, I couldn't stand her.

Alice is a girl who has gone through the horrific and painful experience of cancer and the treatments to cure it that can be almost as awful as the cancer itself. Her prognosis is not good, so Alice has spent a year preparing to die, only to discover that she has miraculously gone into remission. The cancer is gone. Alice has a future. Great news, right? Well, for Alice ... not so much. While people sometimes take time when learning of a terminal diagnosis to go through a bucket list of experiences to help them leave this life having lived it to the fullest they could as long as they could, Alice chooses to make a bucket list of revenge plans that involve publicly humiliating the people in her life who have done her wrong. She burns one bridge after another in her life, dragging the ever faithful Harvey along for the ride.

Harvey is AMAZING. He is the one bright spot in this otherwise dismal story. He is faithful and strong and caring and forgiving, almost too much. Alice uses him again and again, manipulating his emotions, knowing that he is in love with her and has been since they were children. Again and again he returns to Alice when everyone else has left her. His love is valiant, but ultimately it is too hard to root for him, because although he loves Alice deeply, it is too hard to think that she deserves him. Harvey deserves sooooo much better. I root for Harvey in this story, but I don't root for Harvey and Alice. Unfortunately, that is the driving direction of the story, so it harmed my enjoyment of things.

It was interesting to analyze my feelings as I read Alice's story. The story goes between present day situations and flashbacks to points during Alice's diagnosis and treatment for cancer. I found myself at the beginning trying to almost forgive Alice for her horrible actions and thoughts, thinking, "Well, she has cancer. Who am I to judge her for how she handles such a difficult situation?" But as the story continued more and more I found myself saying, "No. She's just a horrible person with cancer. The cancer didn't make her horrible. That was all there before the cancer started, and it seems to still be around even after the cancer has left." And that's true. Cancer doesn't magically changed what is inside a person. It can intensify things a bit. It can rearrange life priorities. But sometimes a horrible person is still a horrible person, no matter what calamity hits them.

If this story had been more of a story of redemption, I think I could have really enjoyed it. Alice has a mess of problems, and she does deal with them ... eventually. But this redemption doesn't really begin until the book is 90% complete. That was too long for me. By that point I had already decided that I didn't care for Alice, and I was actively cheering moments when it seemed as if Harvey was moving on. I was too far gone as a reader to get back on the "Go Alice!" train. And then the ending didn't spend any time at all on the happy results of the redemption. There wasn't enough payback for the time spent in horrible Alice's head.

I do think that there will be many who do like this story. It is well written, and I am sure that there are great themes and lessons to be learned from this story. For me, however, I could never work past my intense dislike of Alice and her actions toward others, especially Harvey. I can only give this one two stars. It was okay. (But keep a look out for this author. There is lots of talent here. I am sure I would really enjoy other books by her that are less angsty).
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The worst main character EVER 17 décembre 2014
Par Ashley Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I was disappointed in Side Effects May Vary :( There were two main problems for me: I didn’t like the “then” and “now” style of narration (I don’t think it worked well here), and the main character quickly became very unlikable, and that made it hard to sympathize with her.

I’m perfectly fine with then and now narration in many books, but I don’t think it fit in this one. The “then” is right after Alice got diagnosed with cancer, and “now” is over a year later when she’s in remission. So the “then” is when she’s first starting her bucket list thing, and the “now” is when she starts dealing with the consequences of it. I think it felt jumbled and confusing because we’d read about the “now” chapters when she’s dealing with the consequences, but at that point we still have no idea what she actually did to piss people off. So we have to slowly figure it out. I just think it made the story too confusing and even frustrated at times because I had to try to figure it out with little knowledge. Sometimes this style of writing really works, but I don’t think it was a good fit here.

And the bigger problem was Alice herself. Alice and I started out okay. I don’t think I loved her, but I was open minded and giving her a chance. But she slowly got worse and worse. She turned into a huge jerk, and that made it SO hard for me to like her, sympathize with her, or even keep reading (towards the end). It felt like the whole story was about: “see how big of a jerk Alice can be for 95%, then watch her try to redeem herself in the last 5 pages”. It just went on waaay too long with Alice being a jerk. Here are a few examples:

When she thought she was dying, she got really close to Harvey and basically told him she loved him (she didn’t say it exactly, but it was implied). They were clearly almost in a relationship (they just hadn’t defined it). Then as soon as she goes into remission, she completely ignores Harvey and treats him like crap. I felt so bad for the guy.

“Why are you acting like nothing happened between us when something did?” --Harvey

Harvey was asked to drive Alice home from school since her parents were unable to. Harvey tells Alice this then says he’ll bring the car around. He’s in the car, waiting for her to get in (he’s like right next to her.. she can see him), but she doesn’t. He keeps waiting and waiting. Then:

"With her back turned to me, I could see Alice had no intention of getting into the vehicle anytime soon. She was talking to Eric Guy. She couldn’t talk to me, but she could talk to this a**hole. So I honked. For thirty seconds straight. And then one more honk for good measure. Alice turned, and narrowed her eyes at me."

She knows he’s ready to go and she just IGNORES him for like 15 minutes. She doesn’t say, “Hang on, I just want to finish up talking to Eric.” She doesn’t say ANYTHING. She just flat out ignores him. He’s doing her a favour by driving her home and she’s just being a b*tch about it.

Then she did just plain stupid stuff like this:

"I walked into our room on Sunday night and found Harvey in the process of putting his sheets on the top bunk. I threw my duffle bag on the floor and said, “I call top,” and walked out of the room." --Alice

Maybe that’s a stupid, small thing, but it’s those stupid small things that built up and pissed me off. Harvey already had the top bunk. He was putting his sheets on it, and she just “claimed it” to piss him off. I wish Harvey had told her to screw herself instead of giving in and letting her have it. Who the hell does that?

Alice used Harvey. She used him to help her complete her stupid bucket list, then once it was over, she abandoned him.

"Being an imaginary friend was a one-way street. If that’s what I was to Alice, then maybe she only ever saw me when she needed me. I wondered what would happen when I needed her." --Harvey

Alice only wanted Harvey when she couldn’t have him, and I hated that. She wanted him when she was dying (because she couldn’t stay with him), she wanted him when he was with someone else (because it meant he wasn’t hers), but then when she actually could have him, she didn’t want him.

“You are hollow on the inside, Alice, did you know that?” She asked. “Rotten too. And no one cares. No one cares because you make it so difficult to.”

This quote couldn’t be more accurate. Clearly Alice’s behaviour was intentional on the author’s part, but I couldn’t stand it.. especially when it just got worse and worse for like 90 or 95% of the book. I think I could have dealt with it if she was a jerk for 60% and spent the last 40% making up for it, but that wasn’t the case. She was a mean person and then spent like 5 pages apologizing and that was it. It wasn’t enough for me.

I think a lot of people will love this book because there is an interesting story there. Parts of it (especially about the cancer and how people acted) were really powerful. I’m just upset that the author decide to make Alice SO b*tchy for so much of the time. She wasn’t a nice person. I couldn’t see what Harvey saw in her, because she completely used him. I hung in there for a good part of the book, but when I saw that it was still an issue like 75% through, I started getting really fed up and annoyed. I started skimming a bit at that point.

If you think you can deal with a horribly mean and selfish character, or the above quotes don’t bother you, then I do recommend you give Side Effects May Vary a try. Because as I said, it is interesting and I think a lot of people will love it a lot more than I did. But if you can’t stand characters with a massive attitude problem, then you may want to avoid it!
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